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A Process for Making Generative Art

I like to make images that fall somewhere between collage, generative art, and algorithmic art. My generative artistic process usually begins with either a photograph I have made, or an image from the public domain. Some favorite places to search for public domain images incude Flickr Commons, the vast collection of public domain images from the Metropolitan Museum of art, and also the Walters Art Gallery.

A Collection of Image from Flickr’s “The Commons.”

I then begin a collaborative process between me, my device (in this case a 12.9 inch iPad Pro), and series of Photo-editing apps.

After the images are arranged or combined in Procreate, I start generating new images, often with an app called decim8. I sometimes use an app called PicsArt for interesting filters, and then I go back to Procreate for further layering and collaging. I also use Brushstroke, which uses algorithmic filters to make an image look painterly.

The iterations of the generative art process

Is it purely algorithmic? Yes, because I always feed an image into decim8, which uses algorithmically generated filters. No, because I produce numerous iterations, and it takes my human eye to determine what is aesthetically pleasing. To take it to the next level, It would be interesting to use an app like decim8 and train it to randomly produce something that is aesthetically pleasing.

Cow Skull with Roses Digital Print

This artwork is called “Cow Skull with Roses.” A dark and moody cow skull with layers of gorgeous roses floating behind it. This bohemian digital art print will bring out the cowboy or cowgirl in you. You can buy it here.

Please note: This is a digital file for sale. No actual print will be delivered. It is a downloadable file for you to print however you like. This high resolution artwork can be printed as large as 18 by 24 inches. By purchasing the digital file, you can have many different options for printing. Costco does very affordable large scale printing. iPrintfromhome is another option if you would like a giclee print to frame, or stretched on a canvas. You could also use it with Vistaprint to make note cards. It can be used as many times as you like.

Glitch Aesthetic

Glitch Art Aesthetic

Glitch art is characterized by images that have been spliced, offset, de-interlaced, xeroxed, pixelated, or any number of filtered effects that makes the image look, for lack of a better word, glitched.

What is Glitch Art?

Glitch art is a continuous transaction between human and machine. You give the machine an image. It gives you back an altered image. You push, it pulls, you give, it takes. It’s an ongoing negotiation. The machine gives back infinite altered versions of that image. The beauty is in the curation of these iterations. The machine can glitch infinitely. It is up to the artist to choose the one that is compelling. Read more

Vector Drawing From the Masters

Bauhaus vector drawingThis is some vector practice, inspired by the Bauhaus artist, Anni Albers. A long time ago I took this course called “Drawing from the Masters.” It involved visiting area museums and attempting to copy paintings, and sketch statues. It was very useful, and I thought about bringing that approach into the present by taking this wonderfully simple bauhaus style doodle and converting it to vectors. As usually, wrestling with those bezier curves is always harder than it looks.

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